Thursday, September 30, 2010

Kylemore Abbey

Carolyn & Elaine in a perfect picture spot. Wayne liked this view so well you will see he posed some of our other travelers here as well.

Judy & Barb look a little more windblown than Carolyn & Elaine.

A typical Irish garden path.

Karen & Maureen

The Abbey's garden and outbuildings


Judy's loving the beautiful flowers that thrive in Ireland's weather which allows for the"Thousand Shades of Green."

After the first nights highlight pub crawl (where Wayne forgot to take pictures) we started the next day with a tour of Dublin and visit to Trinity College.

Maureen is enjoying the sunshine and beautiful church.

Trinity Cathedral

Friday, September 17, 2010

Chateau St. Jean & Canine Companions

We finished with a wine tasting at spectacular Chateau St. Jean, a beautiful winery with lovely gardens.

Our morning was spent at Canine Companions, the world's largest service dog training organization. They train dogs for the hearing impared, physically disabled, companion dogs and dogs used in physical therapy.

The Canine Companions campus was donated by the Charles Shultz family. Here I am with a statue of Snoopy.

Chateau St. Jean is one of Sonoma County's most beautiful wineries. We enjoy an outdoor wine tasting.

Ca' Biance & Vineyards Inn

A trip to Sonoma County must include good California cuisine. We had dinner at the lovely Ca'Bianca, servine Italian cuisine in a lovingly restored Victorian home.

Lunch was at the Vineyard Inn, with the world's best artichokes, locally sources seafood, organic beef and home raised vegetables.

Wine Country & the Coast

Fall on the California coast is spectacular. After a picnic in Point Reyes we visit Bodega Bay before driving along headlands to the Russian River.

Fresh salt air, the sound of the surf, beautiful scenery, what could be better?

Bill checks out a Great White Shark caught off Bodega Bay